Charles S. Holcomb

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Game of Thrones season 5's first four episodes: why we love it so far

Warning: The first four episodes of season 5 will be discussed in this post, although most events will be spoken of in generalities. Major spoilers have been omitted completely, but if you want to go in completely fresh stop reading now.<p>The fifth season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> begins with what feels like …

Mobius Final Fantasy was 'a little too sexy,' watch the redesigned mobile RPG

<i>Mobius Final Fantasy</i> is headed to Japanese mobile devices this spring, but with a bit less exposed skin than developer Square Enix originally planned.<p>About 29 minutes into a recent Japanese language presentation about the role-playing game, the developers discussed the protagonist, Wal, and how …

Is This New Gold Mine of Baby Galaxies a Missing Cosmic Link?

Space telescopes have spotted more than 200 distant galaxies that reveal early bursts of star formation.<p>Astronomers have peered into the early universe and spotted a trove of baby galaxies huddled together, in what may be the oldest galactic clusters yet discovered.<p>Galaxies like our Milky Way …

5 Questions for the 'Bomb Iran' Caucus

Even before the announcement of a successful nuclear "framework" deal last week between the United States, leading world powers, and Iran, the drums for war were beating. Advocates of a military strike argue that any deal will at best forestall Iran's progress and that <i>only</i> military force will …

Middle East

Amid Growing Drought, Santa Barbara Looks to the Pacific

Faced with California's worsening drought and shrinking local water supplies, Santa Barbara is looking to the sea for salvation. The coastal city is prepared to spend upward of $40 million to reactivate a mothballed seawater desalination plant that opened in 1992 and shut down just three months …

Here's a futuristic 3D-printed violin that could double as a lethal weapon

It's not every day you come across a musical instrument that could comfortably double as a lethal weapon, but here's one such creation.<p>The 'Piezoelectric Violin' sports a rather remarkable design that may leave those of a nervous disposition sweating profusely, though if used in the proper manner …

HBO's John Oliver hits Snowden hard on NSA leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer have squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.<p>Sunday's installment of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" included Oliver's trip to Russia to interview Snowden, the former NSA contractor …

Samsung Responds to SquareTrade's Galaxy S6 Edge Bend Test

Last Friday, third-party warranty firm SquareTrade released its findings of high-pressure testing on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9, showcasing some pretty dramatic results once the phones hit certain pressure thresholds. Today, Samsung has responded with testing and results of its own, …

Phones

The roots of Microsoft’s Xbox

Every game console has to start somewhere.<p>As part of Polygon’s cover story on the history of developer Looking Glass, we’re looking at various projects and companies that spawned in Looking Glass’ wake. Here, we explore the roots of Microsoft’s Xbox.<p>Today’s world of video game consoles exists …

Jurassic Park

REPORT: Feds are questioning top Herbalife members

The inquiries are focused on the activities of about 10 top Herbalife members, CNBC said, citing sources. The company is offering members assistance in obtaining legal counsel, though it is unclear how many have taken representation, CNBC said.<p>The identities of the members and what law enforcement …

Tour a working Pac-Man cabinet built inside Minecraft

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p><i>Minecraft</i> has cut a large swath through the gaming landscape over the past few years, but perhaps its largest effect is the democratization of digital creation. If you can move a mouse and punch a keyboard you can create, and everyone seems …

News Flash: Map Shows Where Lightning Strikes the Most Worldwide

Every second, as many as 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth. Now, a new map reveals a tally of those flashes over the last two decades, tracing where they strike the planet each year.<p>The data reveal that lightning is more likely to strike land than water, and these flashes occur more on land …

Imaging

Great Scott! Reverse-Causality Research Ends in a Quantum Muddle

One of the longest-running and weirdest examples of a crowdfunded scientific experiment is finally reaching the end of the road, and the results will come as a disappointment to anyone who wishes the "Back to the Future" movies could really happen: Quantum interference foils what once looked like a …

Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Text

Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh.<p>"The Black Book of Carmarthen," dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest …

Space Weather Forecast for Pluto: Gusty, Gassy and Cool

Wondering how the space weather will be around Pluto this summer? Scientists working with NASA's New Horizons mission are predicting gusts of charged particles with speeds up to 1 million mph (1.6 million kilometers per hour) that will slow as they interact with the dwarf planet's atmosphere.<p>New …

Edward Snowden monument unveiled, then covered up, in Brooklyn park

Brooklyn hipster artists strike again?<p>A public monument to Edward Snowden was unveiled at a New York park early Monday only to be covered up by park officials later in the day. The work of art included a sculpted bust of the National Security Agency document leaker, according to photographs posted …

National Security Agency (NSA)